From the Booking Desk:

I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Delia Pitts in person, but that will be rectified later this month at Malice Domestic. I do, however, read Delia’s books (see the review of Murder My Past) and follow her on the social media channels where she can always be counted on for having an enlightened opinion on a vast array of topics. So it was only a matter of time before I asked her to join the ranks of those profiled in the Composite Sketch series. Today is that day!

Name: Delia Pitts
Location: New Jersey

This person from my personal life is such an inspiration:

My grandmothers – Josephine Cordelia Myricks and Mary Curry Lowery – were smart, tough, no-nonsense women who navigated the Jim Crow waters of Alabama in the first half of the twentieth century. They displayed indomitable grace and persistence to raise their youngest children for the better world they imagined rather than the harsh landscape they were born into.  The guts and style of Josephine and Mary made me possible.

One of the people I admire most in the crime fiction community is:

I’m going to fudge this by going for a triumvirate: Tracy Clark, Kellye Garrett, and Cheryl A. Head. Their novels are inspiring, their leadership and determined voices even more so.

STALKER ALERT! If this fictional character were real, they would likely need to get a restraining order against me:

Lord Peter Wimsey, especially if Adam Dalgleish could be the arresting officer! Dorothy L. Sayers and P.D. James really did a number on me.

People are always surprised that I am a fan of this individual (singer, actor, or artist):

My earliest movie crush was Alan Ladd in The Blue Dahlia; I was into ‘film noir” before I knew either of those words.  But my current infatuation is with Dana Andrews, the rock-jawed icon of mid-century masculine anguish. I always enjoy revisiting his stoic performances in classics like Laura, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and The Best Years of Our Lives. Keep the pretty boys and flashy smooth-faced kids. No one grinds teeth or narrows eyes like Dana Andrews.

Find out more about Delia Pitts on her website